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Appealing a Conviction in Hawaii

You now have a criminal conviction. Maybe your trial attorney got you a good deal, or maybe a raw deal. Perhaps you were found guilty following a trial. During a criminal appeal, the defense must be able to show that justice was denied or that the trial attorney failed to investigate the case fully. In-depth research can help in these types of appeals cases and I have experience doing just that.

At my law firm, The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC, you get to work with a Honolulu appellate attorney who can skillfully represent you throughout your appeal. Once I take you on as a client, I will thoroughly analyze your case, dig up the necessary research and evidence, and work aggressively to get your conviction or negative judgment overturned.

Call my office for excellent legal representation! You only have 30 days after conviction to file an appeal.

Seeking Relief After a Plea Bargain

One of the most common questions I hear from our clients is: "How can I get my conviction overturned?" It is important to understand that if you entered into a plea bargain, then you have pled guilty and are subject to criminal penalties. You cannot appeal a conviction just because you do not like the result; however, this does not mean that you cannot get significant relief from a criminal conviction through either an appeal, a motion for post-conviction relief, an expungement, or another legal tactic.

How the Appeals Process Works

There are a variety of tools that can be used to provide some form of relief to people who have already been convicted of a crime. The most well-known tool is the appeal. In order for an appeal to be made, the defense counsel must meet specific requirements that allow the case to move into the appellate court system. These requirements usually involve identifying some type of problem in the original trial and citing supporting legal precedents for reversing a prior conviction or getting a new trial.

A few possible strategies for obtaining an appeal in Hawaii include:

  • Discovering new evidence
  • Proving that there was a failure to follow correct procedures (mistrials)
  • Proving that evidence was used when it should have been suppressed

There are also many other potential appellate tactics that can be used. Since there are strict time limits during which appeals can be made, it is important to start this process as early as possible.

Other Tools for Post-Conviction Relief

An appeal is not the only route available for post-conviction relief. I am a knowledgeable and experienced Honolulu appeals lawyer, and I have employed a variety of alternative defense strategies. A couple of those include post-conviction relief petitions and collateral attacks on sentencing. I can help you determine which defense strategy is most beneficial for your case!

Contact The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC

In some cases, a traditional appeal will be the best option for challenging a conviction or judgment. In other cases, this process may be too lengthy and expensive, or simply inapplicable to the case at hand. I can provide you with a case evaluation, in which I will thoroughly investigate all of the legal proceedings and discovery available in order to arrive at the best possible strategy in your case. I can then provide you with your legal options for moving forward.

If you are in Hawaii, contact The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady, LLC for aggressive help in appealing your criminal case.

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